A police scheme which uses anonymised A&E data to work out crime hotspots in Cardiff has been so successful it is to be rolled out across the country.
Officers have cut the number of violent incidents, from fist fights to stabbings, by over 40 per cent by counting where they occur according to the records of those admitted to hospital. The police then focused resources on those areas. The results were compared with 14 similar cities and showed that targeting police intervention reduced incidents by 42 per cent.
Surely police officers on the beat are already well aware of where the scummy areas are, where their ‘usual customers’ are most likely to hail from..?
I guess the only difference here is that instead of relying on the ‘area knowledge’ of the cops on the ground, it’s now run by suits in comfortable HQ offices.